About 60 firefighters from 17 local fire stations took part in the 26th annual Mutual Aid Bruce County Fire School, at Bruce Power’s Training Facility, this past weekend.

The three-day event saw firefighters from all areas of Bruce County come together for mutual aid training. This was the first time Bruce Power hosted the training.

The mutual aid training provides an opportunity for all the firefighters from different communities to come together to share best practices and operational tactics.

“It was a privilege to host a number of firefighters for across the county at our new fire training facility,” said Gary Smith, Section Manager, Emergency and Protective Services, Bruce Power. “We are fortunate to have many of our on-site firefighters volunteer with their community fire departments as well.”

Throughout the weekend, firefighters took part in a number of training opportunities, which included Class A/B Fire Training, Auto Extrication, Rural Water and High Angle Rescue.

“The training was excellent and very hands on,” said Conner Rouse, of the North Bruce Peninsula Fire Department. “It was great to have everyone come together and learn from one another.”

Last year, Bruce Power opened a new 23,000-square foot fire training facility. The $25 million facility, which took 18 months to build, includes a mock-up of a turbine generator, which allows firefighters to practice on realistic scenarios. Propane fuelled props, producing fire and smoke, simulate a variety of situations, and thermal cameras, located throughout the building, capture video footage and stream it back to a central control room.

This event marked the first for Bruce Power to host local municipal fire departments at the new facility.